Proving once again that the left only cares about your “identity” insofar as you are a social justice warrior who fights for the right causes up and down the line, the LGBT community has once again turned on openly-gay Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg for being insufficiently down for the struggle. When Buttigieg’s campaign canceled a fundraiser at a gay nightclub in Rhode Island because there was a stripper pole in the venue, administrators for the Dark Lady joint (and stripper pole enthusiasts everywhere) revolted.
“We guess this is what the gay candidate does to the gay community! #downonthepoles #dancersforanyoneelse,” complained Dark Lady’s owners on Facebook. “We’re open, we’re here, we’re queer, get over it!”
LET US “get over it,” will ya?
Buttigieg’s refusal to be part of a club that featured a stripper pole also angered Steven Retchless, who holds the title of 2010 American Pole Fitness Champion. Because that’s a thing, apparently.
“The pole stigma is associated with sex work, but sex workers whether they’re on a pole or not are humans, too, and shouldn’t be discriminated against for providing a service as old as time,” Retchless told the Washington Blade. “Get over it and support the whole gay community.”
Yeah, Pete, how do you expect to win the presidency if you aren’t supportive of the (*checks notes) sex work profession and its many ancillaries?
And then we have Philip Deal, the founder of Mr. Pole Dance America, who told the Washington Blade that it was “shameful” for Buttigieg to cancel the event.
“This points to a bigger issue in the LGBT community which is young gay people don’t know our history and that’s a serious problem. LGBTQ people died for the right to walk into a bar, dance, and hold hands with their lovers without having to fear police brutality,” Deal said. “If Pete Buttigieg does not want to embrace our glorious gay culture, he doesn’t need the gay vote.”
All of this points to one of the most despicable traits of the modern left. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about Clarence Thomas, Peter Thiel, Sarah Palin, Caitlyn Jenner, or Marco Rubio, you’re only as [insert minority identity here] as you are “woke” to the oppression your community supposedly faces. We’ll never forget how many gay publications came out to essentially kick Thiel out of the gay brotherhood when he showed up to endorse President Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention. If you don’t walk and talk the right line, then you’re just an Uncle Tom and you might as well be a straight, white man.
Like, pole dancing? Really? The left finds the strangest hills to die on.